Teaching Wheels

New for Fall 2020: Teaching Wheels Online

Interested in seeing how other faculty at York are designing and delivering their online courses? Want to get some feedback about your own online course? Join us for Teaching Wheels Online, a peer-observation program facilitated by Teaching Commons staff, in which participants join each other’s online or remote courses as guests in order to see different approaches to teaching online in action, share strategies, feedback, and insights with one another, and enhance their own teaching through observation and reflection.

At York the Teaching Commons (TC) Teaching Wheels program is a variation on the very successful Teaching Squares Program. It is designed to support classroom practice by building community through a non-evaluative process of classroom observation and shared reflection. The focus is what you, as a visitor, learn from observing your Teaching Wheel partners. Read more about Teaching Squares in this article “Teaching Squares Bring Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

Benefits of participating in a Teaching Wheel

Teaching Wheels provide an opportunity in a safe and mutually supportive environment for you to:

  • Observe, reflect on and celebrate good teaching and learning
  • Increase your understanding and appreciation of the work of colleagues
  • Gather ideas for developing your teaching and learning repertoire
  • Formulate a plan for trying out and developing new approaches and
  • Enhance your teaching based on your own observations and reflections

Instructors teaching at all undergraduate levels in face to face, blended, and online courses are eligible to participate.

What is expected of a Teaching Wheel participant

  • Commit to spending a total of ~5-8 hours on Teaching Wheel activities
  • Attend a 1-hr kick-off meeting and a 1-hr wrap-up meeting
  • Observe at least two classes taught by two different Wheel partners
  • Reflect on the class observation experience
  • Share reflections with the Wheel partner
  • Invite at least two other Wheel partners to observe your class
  • Share Wheel observations with other Wheel members and other Wheels

At the kick-off meeting, you will form your groups and arrange the observation schedule.

Fall 2020 Dates and Registration

Dates: October 21-December 10

Kick-off Meeting (via Zoom; attendance required): October 21, 2:00-3:00

Observation Period: October 26-November 30

Wrap-up Period: December 1-10

Here is the link to register.

For more information, or to request individualized support, please email Lisa Endersby, Educational Developer, lendersb@yorku.ca or Robin Sutherland-Harris, Educational Developer, robinsh@yorku.ca